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Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center

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Address
2351 Veteran’s Road West
Staten Island, NY 10309
Latitude 40.53758
Longitude -74.225349

Winter Events & Programs
Group Programs

The Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center offers interactive exhibits and environmental education programs. Come learn about the Preserve's natural environment and rich history of the Lenape, the Free Blacks of Sandy Ground, the clay-miners, and organic farmer Herbert Gericke. Historical artifacts as well as wildlife specimens native to Staten Island's south shore are on display. Visitors can get up close and personal with live animals, enjoy the touch discovery station, look through a children's stereoscope or play in the kid's activity area. Be sure to venture outside and explore the miles of trails that wander among meadows, forests, wetlands, streams and to Sharrotts Pond.

The Interpretive Center offers environmental education programs year round for schools at all grade levels as well as interpretive programs, hikes, and themed walks for youth organizations and the general public. Contact the Center for more information on public, school, scout or camp programs.

Hours of Operation

  • The Interpretive Center is open Tuesday – Saturday 9 AM to 4:30 PM with exhibits, classroom space, games, and access to Preserve trails.
  • The Park Office, located at 83 Nielsen Ave, Staten Island, NY is open 9 AM – 5 PM daily. Phone: (718) 967-1976 The Preserve gounds are open dawn to dusk.

Fees & Rates

  • Program Fees
  • All programs are FREE of charge. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Tue 19 Feb
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about a new plant or animal each week during this indoor play group. Story time starts at 10:30 am followed by a short hike at 11:00 am, weather permitting. Best for ages 0-3.

Sat 23 Feb
Maple Syrup Saturdays
Saturday, February 23, 2019 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Every Saturday in February - Learn about the entire process of making maple syrup from tap to table! We will hike for up to an hour on our trails to find maple trees, drill holes, hang buckets, and collect sap so please wear snow boots, gloves, and a hat. If you think this program might be cancelled due to weather, call 718-605-3970 x201. Ages 5+
Sat 23 Feb
Art in the Park: Tree Cookie Crafts
Saturday, February 23, 2019 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Create with us! Decorate cross sections of tree branches to make coasters or wall art. Ages 9+. Please RSVP by calling 718-605-3970 x201.
Registration: Required
Tue 26 Feb
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about a new plant or animal each week during this indoor play group. Story time starts at 10:30 am followed by a short hike at 11:00 am, weather permitting. Best for ages 0-3.

Sat 02 Mar
Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, March 2, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Celebrate the end of maple season with us! All ages welcome. Tickets may be purchased at the Nature Interpretive Center during our open hours starting January 1 until March 1. $5 cash or check.

Registration: Required

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